[caption id="attachment_35597" align="aligncenter" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-35597" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/01\/GVAC-update-PIC.png" alt="" width="800" height="302" \/> An artist\u2019s rendering of the front of the Greenbrier Valley Aquatic center, showcasing the massive windows located above recreational pool area, which will provide ventilation and \u201can outdoor environment\u201d for swimmers. Over 40 feet of open wall on either side of the recreation pool will help with air flow and aesthetics.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Followers of the Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center progress gathered at Greenbrier Valley Theatre on Monday, Jan. 7, to hear updates about the project. Tag Galyean of TAG Studio spearheaded the educational seminar and answered questions offered by community members.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cTo date, this is a very popular idea,\u201d said Galyean, \u201cI think it\u2019s doable, and I think it\u2019ll take the whole Greenbrier Valley community to do it.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center (GVAC) is a state-of-the-art swimming facility designed by Greenbrier East High School engineering students over the past several years, with assistance from Galyean and their teacher Kevin Warfield.\r\n\r\nThe center would have three state-of-the-art pools, a seven-foot-deep, 25-meter-long competition pool, a 30\u2019x50\u2019 recreation pool with ramp entry, and a 12\u2019x20\u2019 therapy spa pool. A \u201csplash dish\u201d for young children is also included in the plans. The 22,400-square foot facility would have fold-out bleachers in the competition pool room for visitors, a party room and senior room (both rentable for a fee) with access to the kitchen, a cardio room, ladies and men\u2019s changing rooms, a cold deluge shower, sun deck, and a summer concession stand with terrace access.\u00a0 The proposed center would be located on a plot of land generously provided by the State Fair of West Virginia, located in the fair parking lot on the right-hand side, behind the RV parking and close to the Greenbrier East Cross Country track.\r\n\r\nThe last community meeting about the project was held in May 2018, when students tested the water about how residents felt about such an addition to the community. Met with resounding support, and several donations, the project has been steadily moving forward over the past several months.\r\n\r\nGalyean said that since May, the Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center Corporation has been formed, the Lewisburg Foundation has stepped in to start an incubator account for the project, and the corporation has officially applied for their 501(c)3 status. The financial goals of the center remain the same, with only a minor addition being added to the $5.7 million budget since May.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe included potential pre-development costs, as well as training costs, which bumped the overall project budget up to $6 million,\u201d said Galyean. Once operational, the facility still plans to have a $90,000 operating surplus every year if the projected numbers are correct. \u201cOur goal is to build this with no debt, and without having to borrow any money against revenue,\u201d Galyean emphasized. For a $6 million project, that\u2019s not an easy feat.\r\n\r\nAs of now, 37.15 percent of the $6 million has been raised. This includes donations from individuals and local businesses. There have been 78 donations made by 308 individuals for a total of $175,253, $1,990,000 pledged in naming reservations, and $238,743 pledged by committed founders.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf this fundraising was a 26 mile marathon, we are approaching the 10 mile marker,\u201d said Galyean. The corporation is aiming to target area businesses, professionals, clubs, and associations to work toward their monetary goal. He estimates that construction bids will be received in early 2020, construction will start in mid-2020, and that by summer of 2021 the facility will be open for business.\r\n\r\nAnyone wanting to donate to the project may do so either through pledging, or by making a single donation. Donations can be made to GVAC-Lewisburg Foundation, Box 1755, Lewisburg, WV 24901 or delivered to TAG Studio at 674 Church St., Lewisburg. Pledge cards may be obtained from Galyean at the same address. Visit www.gvaquaticcenter.com for more information and to subscribe to their informative newsletters.